I was born in 92 and have been playing video games for as long as I can remember.
The first video games I ever played were computer games beginning with Star Wars Dark Forces and Tie Fighter around age 3 (no joke). Been into Computer games ever since.
My parents never let me have a console until I got an Xbox 360 in 2006. I did however go over to friend's house's all the time to play on their N64's, Dreamcast's, Gamecube's, PS1's, etc...
As for handhelds got a Gameboy Color and Pokemon Red in 98 and the Gameboy Advance SP in 2003 (what a kick-ass system).
I've played some older systems too like the Atari 2600, NES, SNES, and Genesis.
I've even spent a lot of time playing Arcade Machines like Mortal Kombat 2 and The Simpsons. I live in Vermont and we have a lot of really old Arcade Machines everywhere. Its really awesome.
So even though I was born in the shift from 2D to 3D era I've experienced a ton of different video games and consider myself to be a rather knowledgeable person on the subject.